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The Passport Project: Two Sisters Ditch Middle School for a Life-Changing Journey Around the World


When 14- and 12-year-old sisters embark on a global family journey, they must navigate new customs, cultures, religions—and detainment in a communist country—while also navigating adolescence.

A true, coming-of-age adventure.

Available in hardback, paperback, and ebook.

Published by Shamrock House.

Cover design by Veronica Scott.


Delaney McIntyre’s eighth-grade dreams crumble when her parents announce their “five-month family field trip.” And despite her begging, bawling, and silent treatment, Delaney can’t derail their obvious midlife crisis. 

Seventh-grade Riley McIntyre is thrilled to ditch middle school for world school. The late bloomer dreams of bungee jumping in New Zealand and completing the Riley Reinvention Project during this global adventure. 

What about school? Forget science and math. The only way to pass this class is to survive:

  • Public nudity in Iceland
  • Deadly jellies in Australia
  • Monster cockroaches in Panama
  • Scam artists in Italy
  • Projectile puking in Indonesia
  • Toilet catastrophes in Thailand

…and many more horrifying lessons that aren’t in their textbooks! Each day is a real-life social studies class where the sisters must navigate new countries, cultures, and religions—while also navigating adolescence. 

But when a flight mistake leads to the family’s detention in a communist country, the sisters face the ultimate challenge. Will they fail the assignment? Or will they find their way home? 

In this thrilling and witty account of their family’s trek over four continents, author Kellie McIntyre deftly weaves her own experiences with her daughters’ blogs and personal journals into a one-of-a-kind travel memoir. And as readers of all ages follow them around the world, they’ll be inspired to abandon their comfort zones for priceless life lessons. 
THE PASSPORT PROJECT is a captivating true story perfect for middle graders, teenagers, and families. If you like unique perspectives, education outside the box, and inspirational transformations, then you’ll love Kellie McIntyre’s eye-opening exploration. 
Buy THE PASSPORT PROJECT to get your stamp for adventure today!


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Listen to the intro by real-life sisters and main characters, Riley and Delaney.

Over 100 Maps and Images Bring the Narrative to Life


***WARNING! Some readers have been infected with the travel bug. Others have nightmares. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!***

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Amazon best seller in teen travel
Not bad company to keep.

Perfect for Book Clubs!

Mother-Daughter Book Club
Mother-Daughter Book Club in Ottawa, Ontario

2024 Mississippi Magnolia Award Nominee for Grades 6-8

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About the Author

Kellie McIntyre is a Southern girl with a passion for the world. Her quest for culture and adventure has taken her to 50 countries across six continents.

In 2013, Kellie, her husband, and two daughters packed one suitcase each and embarked on a five-month journey around the world. Now she’s on a mission to help other families travel boldly.

Kellie holds a BA from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but her worn passport has provided her most valuable education.

Kellie lives with her family in Alabama. The Passport Project is her first book.